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LEED for Contractors Series
Part 1: Sustainable Sites and Indoor Environmental Quality

GBCI: 0910000509

Get to know the roles and responsibilities of the contractor for Sustainable Sites (SS) and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) credits
Eligible for 1.5 CE HOURS.
  • 1.5 CE

  • LEED Green Associate
  • LU/HSW

LEED version: v2009

Published on: June 19, 2014

Average: 5 (6 votes)


Get to know the roles and responsibilities of the contractor for Sustainable Sites (SS) and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) credits in this 1.5 hour course. We will review which SS and IEQ credits have primary responsibility with the contractor, provide a step-by-step action list for each credit, and share valuable tools for documenting and tracking. The course features hands-on LEED Online template tutorials, and helpful tips for implementation, tracking and documentation throughout. Great insight for all project team members.

There are some items you need to have in order to successfully complete the course:
1. Pen, paper, and highlighter (to take notes and jot down definitions)
2. LEED 2009 for New Construction project checklist
3. LEED 2009 Online Sample Credit Forms (templates)

Download items 2 and 3 from the Additional Resources section on the right side of this page.


  1. List and describe specific LEED credits the Contractor is responsible for in the Sustainable Sites (SS) and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) categories
  2. List the LEED SS and IEQ credits in which Contractor support is necessary
  3. Identify which of the LEED SS and IEQ credits are out of the Contractor’s control
  4. Implement strategies to meet the LEED requirements for SS and IEQ o Identify real world examples of LEED implementation that have resulted in failure and should be avoided


This course is a part of the following series:
LEED for Contractors Series

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GreenCE, Inc.
San Antonio, TX
United States


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    Heather DeGrella made 3 contributions in the last 6 months

Heather DeGrella

Sustainability Team Leader Opsis Architecture
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Other sessions included in that series:


LEED for Contractors Series
Part 2: Materials and Resources


LEED for Contractors Series
Part 1: Sustainable Sites and Indoor Environmental Quality

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1.5 credits!

HDR, Inc.


AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, Fredette Architects, PLLC
Pro Reviewer

This course delivers important, reliable, accurate and relevant content on LEED intents and ... HOW TO satisfy LEED credit requirements. Contractors and Subcontractors will want to provide their team members with access to this course immediately prior to beginning work on a LEED Registered project.

The quiz questions correspond to the stated "Basic" learning level. However, the course content is broad enough to serve not only as a 'primer' for first time members of a LEED project team, but also as a 'refresher' for more experienced Contractors and Subcontractors.

The course structure incorporates diverse learning modes -- graphic/visual, reading and auditory content -- that collectively increase Learners’ interest and retention.

Director of Sustainability, The Flintco Companies
Pro Reviewer

Excellent detailed breakdown of the construction credits. Well thought out and presented. Very good audio and visual guides. The tips and tricks are especially handy as is seeing the actual credit forms filled out. Strongly recommended viewing for anyone responsible for documentation on a LEED project.

Principal, Eco Metrics LLC

I highly recommend this presentation to contractors starting their first LEED project. It presents a great overview of the essentials. Heather does a great job of explaining the content in a well-organized, clear, and concise manner. A short summary at the end of each section is a great way to tune in to the salient details.

Of the three links listed as resources for stormwater management, I was unable to access the third link to the North Carolina DOT, but most states have their own SWPPP BMP’s.

For the exam have the LEED Checklist handy. The exam references only the alpha-numeric designation of the prerequisite and credit, and not the full name of the credit. GBCI faithfully provides the full extension in all of their LEED AP exams.

When LEED 2009 was introduced, the technical term LEED “Template” for the online form to be filled out was changed to “Form”. This has taken a long time for the old timers to adjust to, so don’t be thrown by the interchangeable use of those two terms.

B. Arch./Project Designer, AVO/Freelance

I found this course, very interesting. The instructor (Ms. Heather DeGrella) was incredible. She was very direct and neat. Although, even the information was plentiful and has many peculiar data; I felt that Ms. DeGrella became sufficiently simple in her comments. I think this course was widely comprehending for anyone.

Lecturer, University of Florida

Some of the questions list (correct answer) next to them. Question asks for which credits when a prerequisite is one of the answers.

Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council

Thanks for pointing this out, James. Both issues have now been corrected!

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